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Author: Kevin Woodley

Darling signs for four years, $16.6 million in Carolina

Scott Darling’s remarkable, inspiring story will continue with the Carolina Hurricanes. Darling signed a four-year, $16.6-million contract on Friday with the Hurricanes, who acquired him from the Chicago Blackhawks for a third round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft on April 29. It’s the next step in a journey that for Darling, who played for 12 teams over four years, starting with a sting in the Southern Professional Hockey League, before getting his big break with the Blackhawks in 2014-15. The 6-foot-6 stopper turned that opportunity into a 39-17-9 record and .923 save percentage over three seasons with his...

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‘Why so serious?’ Joker on Connor Ingram’s first pro mask

Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Connor Ingram wanted to make sure his new pro teams were the focus of his first pro mask but he also wanted to bring a trademark with him from junior. Ingram, who signed a three-year entry level contract with the Lightning on April 4, two days after his junior season with the Kamloops Blazers ended, has included the Joker character portrayed by the late Heath Ledger on the backplate of his new Lightning- and Syracuse Crunch-themed mask. “The backplate is a kind of trademark that he had from the juniors,” said artist Sylvie Marsolais of...

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Lundqvist fastest to 400; How Allaire spotted greatness early

Take a look at @HLundqvist30‘s career & hear what former teammate @KevinWeekes has to say about The King. Congrats on 400 wins! @NYRangers — NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) February 13, 2017 When Henrik Lundqvist posted his 400th NHL win against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, the New York Rangers star reached the milestone faster than any other goaltender in NHL history. Lundqvist only needed 727 games to reach 400 wins, fewer than Martin Brodeur (735), Chris Osgood (742), and Jacques Plante and Patrick Roy (753). The speed with which Lundqvist reached the milestone sparked renewed debate about his omission...

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New Maple Leafs Backup McElhinney Understands Role

Curtis McElhinney may need time to get comfortable with his new team but the veteran backup goaltender is already well versed in the role is expected to fill with the Toronto Maple Leafs. McElhinney was claimed off waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday but the 33-year-old isn’t expected to play a lot in Toronto. McElhinney will likely continue his role as a seldom-used backup behind first-year No.1 Frederik Andersen No.1, a role the 33-year-old goalie got used to behind workhorse starter Sergei Bobrovsky in Columbus. Rarely playing comes with unique challenges but it’s a job description McElhinney...

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Canadiens Fucale Adds Color Change To Ice Age Mask

Montreal Canadiens prospect Zach Fucale stuck with the Ice Age theme for his new mask, and normally the including of Scrat, the prehistoric cartoon squirrel chasing a nut from the animated Ice Age kids movies, would be the headline maker for this mask. Not this time, however. Painter Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush added a bold new layer to Fucale’s new mask by using her color-changing SubZero paint FX on the Ice Caps logo on both sides. Marsolais created a lot of buzz when the color-change debuted on the mask of Boston Bruins backup Anton Khudobin earlier in the week, but her use of the effect...

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